Activision Blizzard has announced an Esports streaming exclusivity deal with YouTube, making it the official partner for live broadcasts of all Activision Esport leagues and events.The new multi-year deal will bring Esport broadcasts of games like Overwatch
, Call of Duty
, and Hearthstone
exclusively to YouTube. The new deal will be kicked off with the start of the Call of Duty League season
, which officially began today.
“This is an exciting year for Activision Blizzard Esports as we head into the inaugural season of Call of Duty
League and our first ever season of homestands for Overwatch League all around the world,” said Pete Vlastelica, CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports. ““It’s our mission to deliver high-quality competitive entertainment that our fans can follow globally, live or on-demand, and to celebrate our players as the superstars that they are.”
Activision’s new partnership with YouTube will give it exclusive streaming rights to some of the biggest Esport franchises around — Overwatch League and the Call of Duty League.
“Both the Overwatch League and Call of Duty League are the quintessential examples of world class Esports content,” said Ryan Wyatt, Head of YouTube Gaming. ” I couldn’t be more excited for Activision Blizzard to choose YouTube as its exclusive home for the digital live streaming of both leagues.”All broadcast’s can be viewed by visiting each league’s official YouTube channel. Further, in addition to livestreams, fans will also be able to check out archived streams and other special content.
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